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Rod Review

The Search For One : Guess Who's Back Building Rods?


Date: 1/29/14
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Edge Rods by NFC
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.54 - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD!

What do you do if a rod building legend called with the simple request of a consultation appointment the topic of which surrounds brainstorming ideas for a new series of bass rods they're looking to develop from the ground up? What do you do if this same legend and his team actually listened to your input by building an entire series of bass rods incorporating much of your input? Well, at TackleTour, that means getting our hands on the finished product, taking it into our lab for some measurements, and fishing the sticks to see if they got it right. Presenting our first official review of an Edge Rods by North Fork Composites bass rod, the 705-1, code name "The One".


EdgeRods MagBass 705-1 Specifications

Material North Fork Composites HM Graphite
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 8-16lb
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 3/4 oz
Pieces one
Guides 8+tip Fuji KSeries Ti/SiC Semi Micro
Rear Handle Length 10 inches
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Extra Fast
Rod Weight 5 oz
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $575


Quality/Construction: Edge Rod's MagBass 705-1 is a seven foot (7'-0") long rod rated as a medium heavy power. The surface of this, and every blank in this initial series of rods is left unfinished - just the natural sanded blank. This unfinished surface is risky because if there's a blemish in the blank, there's no method to mask it from the consumer. On the other hand, it's a bold statement by the manufacturer demonstrating that they indeed have nothing to hide.


Quality Ratings for EdgeRods MagBass 705-1

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

The grip is something many manufacturers have tried to implement but for whatever reason, the concept hasn't caught on. It is a clean, carbon fiber material with a matte finish. There are no pits to fill as with cork, and there's nothing to dent as with foam. The only question is, how does it handle when wet? The guides on this rod are spiral wrapped Fuji K-Series, titanium framed, SiCs. The epoxy finish around the thread wraps on our test model are very clean. This rod was near perfect from a quality control perspective with the only deduction being from the some inconsistencies in the pattern of the grip.


Introducing our long awaited look at the new Edge Rods MagBass 705-1.


Performance: Cosmetics, grip material, quality control, construction aspects all aside, the one question everyone is going to have surrounding these new rods from Gary Loomis's latest venture is how well do they perform? We've had the honor of visiting the factory and fishing with their prototypes right in the waters where they were developed, but for our own tests and evaluations, we always take finished, production models out on our own home waters.

The MagBass 705-1 is Edge Rod's reply to our Search For One.

Casting: For the 705-1 this meant pairing with both Shimano Japan's 2013 Metanium and Daiwa USA Corporation's Tatula Type-R and heading to both the California Delta and Clear Lake for some real world tests.

Matched here with an early production model of Daiwa's Tatula Type R.

The MagBass 705-1 comes with a lure rating of one quarter to three quarters of an ounce (1/4 - 3/4 oz), and while it can handle this lure weight range with little difficult we found the comfortable upper end of this rod, performance wise, to be closer to five eighths of an ounce (5/8 oz). This stick has a really soft tip that loads well releasing energy during your cast efficiently leading to predictable and accurate casts on each swing. With lures approaching three quarters of an ounce, we found the tip to load a bit more than we'd like.

Edge Rods is making their own reel seat for this stick.

Sensitivity: For any rod bearing the "Gary Loomis" pedigree, this is the "coup de gras", i.e. the let's cut to the chase and tell me the real story behind the blank and how it performs moment - sensitivity. The MagBass 705-1 is built on North Fork Composite's highest grade graphite blank, HM. All HM blanks are rolled using the same basic materials and principals as the former highest end blanks from Gary Loomis's old company - everything from the over 200psi pounds of rolling pressure to the carbon paper scrim in the blank.

Guides are Fuji Ti/SiC.

Why do we bring this up? Well, because there is a very familiar feel and sound to the 705-1's blank. Yes, I said sound. If you're familiar with the former high end blanks and built rods to which we're referring, run your fingernails lightly over the 705-1's unfinished blank and you just might recognize that resonance. Make a cast, let your bait sink to the bottom, drag it along, and you might get a little déjà-vu as to what you're feeling. The 705-1's sensitivity is by far, the rod's strong suit.

And yes, they are wound around the blank in what's referred to as a spiral wrap.

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